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# HOW TO IMPROVE THE VERBAL SCORE?

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10 Dec 2018, 03:45
HEY ,
i am practicing for GMAT for almost 2.5 months now.
At first, i started with understanding concepts topic wise for both verbal and quant.
The first time i gave a mock ,it was at the beginning of my preparation i.e around last week of august. (score = 590 )
after that i started studying concepts and solving questions on a regular basis.
i started to gain insight into how questions are structured and what all areas are tested on the exam.
Since then, my quant score has significantly improved but my verbal score has reached a level of saturation in terms of improvement.
My test results are:-
veritas prep:- 640 q48 v30 (free practice test)
manhattan prep:- 640 q48 v30(free practice test) , 640 q44 v34 (this score is of paid test series of manhattan prep and quant is unneccesarily tough)
800score- 710 q47, v40
kaplan-700 q49 v38
gmat prep-640 q48 v30
i am aiming for a score above 700, but the only hindrance is my verbal score.
As of today , i believe my quant is almost prepared and i would anyhow achieve a score between 47 and 51.
Talking of verbal , i face difficulty in RC and CR. SC is good, i could easily get 80% questions right.
How should i follow on to improve my verbal score. i want to push the limits from V32 to V 40.
i am planning to write the exam this month ( last week of december).
i don't have much time left and the task to be achieved seems tough.
please suggest a sure and short working strategy to get to atleast V40 .
Thankyou in advance!
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10 Dec 2018, 05:47
abbysahni wrote:
HEY ,
i am practicing for GMAT for almost 2.5 months now.
At first, i started with understanding concepts topic wise for both verbal and quant.
The first time i gave a mock ,it was at the beginning of my preparation i.e around last week of august. (score = 590 )
after that i started studying concepts and solving questions on a regular basis.
i started to gain insight into how questions are structured and what all areas are tested on the exam.
Since then, my quant score has significantly improved but my verbal score has reached a level of saturation in terms of improvement.
My test results are:-
veritas prep:- 640 q48 v30 (free practice test)
manhattan prep:- 640 q48 v30(free practice test) , 640 q44 v34 (this score is of paid test series of manhattan prep and quant is unneccesarily tough)
800score- 710 q47, v40
kaplan-700 q49 v38
gmat prep-640 q48 v30
i am aiming for a score above 700, but the only hindrance is my verbal score.
As of today , i believe my quant is almost prepared and i would anyhow achieve a score between 47 and 51.
Talking of verbal , i face difficulty in RC and CR. SC is good, i could easily get 80% questions right.
How should i follow on to improve my verbal score. i want to push the limits from V32 to V 40.
i am planning to write the exam this month ( last week of december).
i don't have much time left and the task to be achieved seems tough.
please suggest a sure and short working strategy to get to atleast V40 .
Thankyou in advance!

Hi abbysahni,

Welcome to GMATCLUB! For verbal, I would highly encourage you to consider e-gmat verbal online or the e-gmat verbal live course. They are both amazing courses especially designed for non-natives. They offer almost 25% of their courses for free so you can try out their free trial to decide which one you want to go for. Plus the e-gmat Scholaranium which is included in both the courses is one of the best verbal practice tools in the market. You can easily track your progress in that you can identify your strengths and analyze and improve on your weak areas.

Further taking multiple mocks might help. Apart from the GMATPREP, Manhattan GMAT tests and Veritas Prep Tests in my experience have good verbal and Quant section and will certainly help you point out and improve your weak areas.

Further another advantage of taking many mocks is to build up your stamina. Apart from the GMATPREP tests, taking practise tests of any major GMATPREP company ought to do that.

I would also encourage you to purchase the GMATPREP QP 1 for some great additional practice. Here is a link that will help you with your decision.

https://gmatclub.com/forum/best-gmat-ve ... ml?fl=menu

Hope this helps. All the best.
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10 Dec 2018, 14:08
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Hi abbysahni,

Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

1) What study materials have you used so far?
2) What is your exact Official Test Date?
3) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
4) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

"Review" is an exceptionally important part of the GMAT training process; your ability to define WHY you're getting questions wrong is essential to defining the areas that you need to work on (and the specific things that you need to 'fix'). As such, I'd like to know a bit more about your last CAT. While a full Mistake Tracker would provide a lot more information, there are some basic questions that you should be able to answer (and the more EXACT you can be with your answers, the better):

After reviewing each section of this recent CAT (the GMAC CAT - 640), how many questions did you get wrong....
1) Because of a silly/little mistake?
2) Because there was some math/verbal that you just could not remember how to do?
3) Because the question was too hard?
4) Because you were low on time and had to guess?
5) How many Verbal questions did you 'narrow down to 2 choices' but still get wrong?

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10 Dec 2018, 18:31
Hello abbysahni .....welcome to the community.

In addition to the points mentioned by rohan2345 , please go though the link below by sayantanc2k
https://gmatclub.com/forum/how-to-impro ... 13013.html

Hope that helps!!
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12 Dec 2018, 11:13
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Hi Abbysahni,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. Since you scored a V30 on your most recent GMATPrep practice exam, you need a 10-point verbal increase to hit your goal score. Achieving such an increase in just one month is a pretty tall order. Are you able to take your GMAT at a later date? Either way, I’m happy to provide some advice on how to improve your Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension skills.

To improve in Critical Reasoning, you first need to master the individual Critical Reasoning topics: Strengthen the Argument, Weaken the Argument, Resolve the Paradox, etc. As you learn about each question type, do focused practice so you can track your skill in answering each type. If, for example, you get a weakening question wrong, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not recognize the specific question type? Were you doing too much analysis in your head? Did you skip over a keyword in an answer choice? You must thoroughly analyze your mistakes and seek to turn weaknesses into strengths by focusing on the question types you dread seeing and the questions you take a long time to answer correctly.

Another major mistake that people make when training for CR is that they do practice questions too fast. To get Critical Reasoning questions correct, you have to see exactly what's going on in the passages and answer choices, and you likely won't learn to do so by spending a few minutes on each question. At this stage of your training, you may need to spend even fifteen minutes on each question, learning to see what there is to see. Here is a way to look at this process. If you get a new job in a field in which you are not experienced, you may not be as fast as the other people working with you, but you know you have a job to do and you make sure you learn all the angles, so that you do the job well, if not as quickly as those around you, Rushing through the job and doing it incorrectly would not make sense. Then, as you gain more experience, you learn to do the same job more quickly. Think of Critical Reasoning questions similarly. Your job is to do what? To get through questions quickly? Not really. Your job is to get correct answers.

So, first you have to learn to get correct answers, generally at least 10 to 15 in a row consistently, and more in a row would be better. That is your job, and if it takes you fifteen minutes per question to get correct answers consistently, then so be it. Only after you have learned to get correct answers consistently can you work on speeding up. Working quickly but not doing your job is useless. Better to work slowly and learn to do your job well. You can be sure that with experience, you will learn to speed up, and then you will still be doing your job well, i.e., getting correct answers consistently.

Finally, a key aspect of getting correct answers to Critical Reasoning questions is noticing the key differences between trap choices and correct answers. Trap choices can sound temptingly correct but don't get the job done. The logic of what a trap choice says simply doesn't fit what the question is asking you to find. So, to get better at your job, learn to see the key differences between trap choices and correct answers.

To improve in Reading Comprehension, you need to focus on understanding what you are reading. When you are incorrectly answering Reading Comprehension questions, it’s partly because you do not truly understand what you have just read, right? Thus, you likely have to slow down in order to (eventually) speed up. At this point, your best bet is to focus on getting the correct answers to questions, taking as much time as you need to see key details and understand the logic of what you are reading. You have to learn to comprehend what you read, keep it all straight, and use what you are reading to arrive at correct answers. If you don't understand something, go back and read it one sentence at a time, even one word at a time, not moving on until you understand what you have just read. There is no way around this work. Your goal should be to take all the time you need to understand exactly what is being said and arrive at the correct answer. If you can learn to get answers taking your time, you can learn to speed up. Answering questions is like any task: The more times you do it carefully and successfully, the faster you become at doing it carefully and successfully.

Another component of understanding what you are reading is being “present” when reading. Don’t worry about how things are going at work, or what you will eat for dinner, or even how long you are taking to read through the passage. Just focus on what is in front of you, word by word, line by line. Furthermore, try to make reading fun. For example, even if you are reading about a topic that bores you, pretend that you are the person making the argument. By doing so, you will make the passage more relatable to YOU, and ultimately you should be able to read with greater focus.

One final component of Reading Comprehension that may be tripping you up is that RC questions contain one or more trap answers that seem to answer the question but don't really. So, a key part of training to correctly answer RC questions is learning to notice the differences between trap answers and correct answers. You have to learn to see how trap answers seem to follow from what the passages say, but don't really, while correct answers fit what the passages say exactly.

Also, you may find it helpful to read this article about [url=(https://blog.targettestprep.com/how-to- ... 0-on-gmat/]how to score a 700+ on the GMAT[/url].

If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out.

Good luck!
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12 Dec 2018, 11:31
Thankyou Scott For taking out time to reply. Yes , I can totally relate to the recommendations you mentioned.
I will Try to incorporate your suggestions in my practice.
I really look forward to significantly improving my verbal score. Once Again ,Thank you so much for reaching out.

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29 Dec 2018, 18:53
My pleasure!
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